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In this edition of Eye on Africa: The continent’s gearing up for ‘Super Sunday’, with elections being held in the Congo, Niger, Benin, Senegal, Tanzania.
It’s something of a ‘Super Sunday’ in terms of elections in Africa this weekend – with several votes taking place…
Opposition candidates in Congo-Brazzaville say they’re expecting widespread fraud as long-term president Denis Sassou-Nguesso seeks re-election again… He’s been in power there for 32 of the past 37 years.
Niger is gearing up to hold its first ever run-off vote for president. Tensions are running high ahead of the polls… The opposition has already said it won’t recognise the results; they’re boycotting this second round.
Plus Benin is holding the second round of its presidential election, and Senegal will be holding a referendum on whether to reduce presidential terms from seven years to five. On the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, security forces have been deployed ahead of a re-run of October’s presidential vote – which was cancelled after the election commission said voting laws were violated.
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In This Story: The Republic of the Congo
The Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, the Congo Republic or simply either Congo or the Congo is a country located in the western coast of Central Africa. To the west lies Gabon; Cameroon to its northwest and the Central African Republic to its northeast; the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southeast and the Angolan exclave of Cabinda to its south; and the Atlantic Ocean to its southwest.
The official language is French. The Republic of the Congo was established on 28 November 1958 and gained independence from France in 1960. Congo’s economy is heavily dependent on the oil sector.